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Poker Film 'Runner, Runner' Breaks Even

Studio Brings In More Than $30 Million From Film In First Two Weeks

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Despite atrocious reviews, Runner, Runner, which hit U.S. theaters just a handful of days ago, has recouped its $30 million production budget, according Box Office Mojo.

Domestically, the film has seen $7,706,712 worth of ticket sales, compared to around $23.4 million in foreign markets. It hit theaters overseas in late September and in the U.S. on Oct. 4.

Runner, Runner, directed by Brad Furman, stars Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck.

The R-rated thriller has not received favorable treatment by critics.

Rene Rodriguez from the Miami Herald wrote:

“In its early moments, the movie evokes everything from ‘The Social Network’ to ‘Casino.’ By the end, the film has become as exciting as a game of Old Maid. R-rated thrillers are hardly ever this dull and listless, but this movie manages to eradicate all of Timberlake’s charisma and makes you flash back to Affleck’s ‘Paycheck’/‘Gigli’ era. How does this even happen?”

Steven Rea for The Philadelphia Inquirer said:

The sort of generic crime thriller – stick-figure characters, pointless muddle of plot, people entering and exiting SUVs and Lear jets with a sense of urgency – that feels like it could drag on forever, and drag us down into a purgatory of stupefaction with it.

A.O. Scott for The New York Times penned:

“It feels like a halfhearted bluff and has the stale smell of yesterday’s after-shave.”

Regardless, the American casino industry is using the film to spin a cautionary tale of offshore Internet gambling, in its quest to see a federal online poker bill come to fruition.

 
 
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